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Olympic Games

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that the 2012 Olympics will be carbon neutral. (98748)

Sustainable development was integral to our bid for the 2012 Olympic games and Paralympic games and is integral to their delivery. The principles we are following are to seek to reduce carbon emissions wherever possible, through demand reduction measures; reducing the carbon intensity of the energy through the use of combined cooling heat and power; energy efficiency measures; and through providing new renewable energy infrastructure. In addition, we will to seek to offset unavoidable emissions associated with the games through a carbon offsetting programme.

Detailed planning work is under way to ensure that the facilities being built for the games take account of the need to minimise demand for energy in their construction and operation and that a proportion of the post-games energy demand is provided from on-site renewable sources, including wind, ground and solar energy. During the games themselves in addition to locally generated and off-site renewable energy use and plans for using public transport for spectators, we have committed to offset the carbon emissions from all officials and athletes travelling to the games and are looking to work with international partners to do so.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assurances have been given to the International Olympic Committee concerning post-2012 use of the main Olympic stadium. (97619)

[holding answer 30 October 2006]: The London 2012 Candidate File, which was submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in November 2004, set out that the Olympic stadium would be converted to a 25,000 seat multi-purpose venue with athletics at its core (volume 1, theme 1 concept and legacy). This was confirmed to the IOC Evaluation Commission when it visited London in February 2005 and during London 2012’s presentation to the IOC in Singapore in July 2005 and remains the position.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Olympic Board has had on the post-2012 use of the main Olympic stadium; and what conclusions it has reached on the post-games seating capacity. (97620)

[holding answer 30 October 2006]: The Olympic Board discussed options for the Olympic stadium at its meeting on 28 June 2006 and received an update from the Olympic Delivery Authority on the stadium design and build procurement process at its meeting on 25 July 2006. Summaries of Olympic Board meetings can be found on the London 2012 website at:

http://www.london2012.com/en/ourvision/Olympic+Board/

Any decisions on post-games use of the stadium, including seating capacity, will be taken by the Olympic Board in due course.